sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I'm still picking.)
( Jun. 26th, 2007 12:18 pm)
I feel like I haven't posted in forever. I was away for a while for my brother's wedding, which was really fun. Although he's not too much like the character as a type, if I were to describe how my family feels about my brother, I think it's probably something like the way Neville fans feel about Neville...and his new wife's family and friends seem to feel the same way about her, so it was a pretty happy wedding.

Also, got an OUTSTANDING on the Level 3 WOMBAT--woo-hoo! I got O's on the second two and EE on the first one which was supposed to be the easiest. This is just like in high school when we'd get assigned summer reading and I'd get really into it and then get a bad grade when we were tested because they'd ask questions about ridiculous minutia in the story that I never remembered. The second two WOMBATs were about things I actually thought about. Anyway it’s pathetic how validated I feel about a pretend grade. But then, I was just as eager to find out Harry's OWL results and those were somebody else's pretend grades.

I'd wanted to post something before I left on this conversation I was reading on a list...I'm having trouble making it coherent, but figured I ought to throw it out before DH if I was going to throw it out at all. Especially after [ profile] jlh posted about the anniversary of The Loving Decision, which ruled that a state (in that case, Virginia) could not nullify a marriage on the basis of race. I recommend the post. In it she also brought up the more fandom-related point of how difficult it seems it is to talk about race in fandom, and this other conversation was also about race in HP as related to real life racism. Specifically, this was about

Snape's Worst Memory. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Cousins)
( May. 13th, 2006 09:16 pm)
It seems that there's a storyline that interests JKR enough that she's done it 3 times--the young man who joins the DEs and at some point finds himself possibly unable to continue. It's the man who gets in over his head. She did it with Snape, with Regulus, with Draco. What's frustrating is honestly it seems like whichever one you like best somehow is supposed to only do the second part--like he had a change of heart without doing wrong first. I was frustrated recently in a conversation about Regulus, though I also hear it about Snape and I know Draco too gets this kind of defense. They're Death Eaters. Get over it. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Two ways of looking at a magpie)
( Apr. 18th, 2006 02:43 pm)
What I'm about to say seems so obvious it's silly to even say it, yet I found myself thinking about it after some recent conversations, including some in the comments of my last post. We were talking about fandom splitting down the middle with Purists vs. Revisionists in LOTR, for instance, and how in HP it sometimes seems like Gryffindor vs. Slytherin fans. This connected to recent discussions about people leaving fandom etc., and canon defenders, and the thing that always confuses me is Last I checked, Slytherins were canon too! )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Two ways of looking at a magpie)
( Mar. 23rd, 2006 11:06 am)
Thinking about Snape and the UV and Draco's task got me thinking about Bellatrix, whom I hadn't thought about enough before...these things are therefore probably pretty obvious, but here I am putting them down anyway. Thoughts on Glory Up For Grabs and DE!Snape )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (WWSMD?)
( Dec. 3rd, 2005 12:04 pm)
I was reading something on a list today about Slytherins being evil, perhaps specifically due to the fact that their house was based on Pure bloodlines (something that's changed to "ambition and cunning" by Harry's first year, though was possibly pretty unremarkable an idea thousands of years ago-Durmstrang doesn't even accept Muggleborns iirc). Anyway, there was the comment, "Unless of course one considers Draco to be a good Slytherin, which I most definitely don't." Somewhere else there was another essay on Slughorn being the "true" Slytherin--what they were before Voldemort, and so what they should be. I've written about the idea of Slughorn as "The Good Slytherin" before, and this is sort of the next step from that. Because I was thinking that while at this point I wouldn't say Draco was a Good Slytherin (meaning the Slytherin who is a good person), I did think he had potential in ways that Slughorn really did not.

And here's why. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I'm still picking.)
( Nov. 15th, 2005 12:39 pm)
I was reading this really interesting post here about a troubling fanfic trend I was unfortunately unaware of, which is that apparently post-HBP Blaise is less interesting than he was before...because he's black? Um, what? I recommend [ profile] jazzypom's post because it is about fanfic depictions of black characters in HP in general. I don't read fic about the adults very often so I didn't know about the clichés concerning Kingsley Shacklebolt. As a Slyth fan I do know a bit about Blaise, though, and the post made me really think about how my own feelings about him have changed since HBP and I'm sticking them here too. Nothing coherent, just thoughts here and there. )
Well, this is the thing about lists, you never know when I'm going to prattle on so much in a reply that it creates a post in itself. First Slughorn, now...this. But I thought it was interesting because recently I know I was talking to somebody about why Occlumency and throwing off Imperius were so different and why Harry sucks at one and is good at the other. I was reading a discussion about Harry's greatest strengths and weaknesses (does he need to learn to keeps his mind shut like Snape says?) and it got me around to seeing what may be the difference.

Occlumency vs. Imperius, Slytherin vs. Gryffindor )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (I've been thinking.)
( Oct. 11th, 2005 01:25 pm)
I just posted this on a list as a comment but it struck me as something I'd throw out and see what other people thought. Some may know I've always been very wary of the idea of "The Good Slytherin," that mythical character that's supposed to be introduced and so redeem the house in canon, but it still seems to be a favorite fandom idea. (Isn't Phineas awesome enough??!) This came up in a discussion of Slughorn as such. Now, Slughorn obviously is not a Death Eater and he's never sung 'Weasley is Our King' so I guess that puts him above every other Slytherin in canon so far, but still, Is he really good? )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Pica loquax certa dominum te voce saluto)
( May. 29th, 2005 12:48 pm)
It seems like in the past few days I've run across an awful lot of posts explaining how people other than the poster think. Boy, I love posts like that (not) especially when they're explaining me. )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Straw Man)
( Feb. 8th, 2005 12:22 pm)
Happy birthday [ profile] roxannelinton! May your day be filled with fish and improv!! I would dedicate this essay to you, but it seems kind of lame. Well, if you want it, it's yours. (Cue Elton John song: “And you can tell everybody this is your poooost, it might be quiiiiite boring but, now that it’s up….” Hey, it’s better than Goodbye English Rose, right?)

I've been thinking about courage lately--I think there's a couple of things that put it in my mind. First the amusing fact that I came up half-Gryffindor on that "What mix of houses" are you quiz. Second was the PS/SS re-read, which is now up to The Forbidden Forest. That brought up the subject of cowardice. )
I was reading this discussion on [ profile] reenka's lj that got into...well, I think this part took off from the idea of what's "normal" in the WW and different houses and that made me think about cunning )
Super-Fandom-y pre-US-Election-Day post for flist variety.:-)

I've been thinking about this for a's perhaps almost a rant, but maybe not. It's about this phenomenon that probably reflects the HP books but also makes fandom less pleasant sometimes, or at least keeps people from communicating. And it drives me crazy because I'm always getting accused of it.:-) Perhaps not unjustly so, for all I know, so I want to talk about it.

Gryffindor vs. Slytherin )

Obviously, this post is probably coming out amidst a flurry of election posts. On one hand the idea of a little distraction-I know I'm so afraid to think of what could potentially happen tomorrow I'd rather think of anything else. Otoh, though, while I'm usually a big believer in fantasy and imagination being a good thing, I will say that I hope the half of the population of my country that seems to be living in a fantasy world wakes up in reality tomorrow. I know it would be a nasty shock to admit, all at once, that the sunny heroic picture people seem to be fond of is all a lie, that the Bush administration isn't Dumbledore or Gandalf or Captain Kirk and that all those stories about deception and chaos and disaster in the world are not creations of the liberal media but the world they live in. I love searching for the reality within fiction; I prefer to vote against fiction in reality.
I had some thoughts reading the recent shipping manifestos, particularly the H/D one and this thread here, which has some great stuff in it. Anyway, it related back to some other recent discussions and got me thinking about relating to Slytherins and the fact that we really don't know any. )
This thread turned out to be so interesting, it's gotten me thinking even more about incest in literature and what it stands for. Unfortunately I really haven't read any lit crit on the subject. I have a feeling I'll be surfing around today looking for some. The weird thing, too, is that the subject seems to tie in with other recent subjects on flist, like racism in HP and strangely enough, the South(eastern US).

For now, I'm just thinking about the subject based on the things I've read--long! )
sistermagpie: Classic magpie (Bad habit)
( May. 6th, 2004 10:35 am)
Yes, I'm afraid it's another meta-post--the discussions always inspire follow-ups! This one sort of spins off the idea of the Trio being the model of friendship to which everyone should aspire (as opposed to Malfoy and his goons) and asks how exactly does Slytherin work?

Inside that mysterious house...Warning: Long!! )

Sorry that got WAY LONG. I don't know how, but it did.
Having just read [ profile] alice_and_lain's recent post about Millicent Bulstrode, I realize I never have spoken about the Slytherin girls and you know, I really love them. Yes, I know it probably seems like I just like them because if it's Slytherin I probably like it, but I really do like them. The HP books are just really interesting on the subject of females, I think a lot of which is because despite whatever Girl Power! ideas Hermione and Ginny represent, the books still seem basically very mainstream in their ideas about women--traditional, with a modern sensibility.

The Slytherin Girls. )
So there were these big wanks recently, and they got me thinking about the whole process of being a fan, using the examples from my own experiences, especially with The Boy (you know, the one who inspires all that wank).

The point is, what is a fictional character and how do we relate to them...or something? )
I was having this whole thought process involving HP today, then I found out a person I work with and I went to summer camp together and my head exploded. Since I'm sure it was fascinating, I will try to reconstruct it.

Hmmmm...I knew it eventually got around to the Slytherins and Draco as usual, but it wasn't the focus.

Anyway, it started with a discussion in [ profile] hp_essays that asked who was the Peter Pettigrew of the current generation. That got me thinking about the whole cross-generational thing in HP anyway, and how it probably is one of the things I like the most about HP in general...

Fathers and Sons part 2, only they don't really have to be fathers and sons... )
I had dinner with my brother last night and he summed up Bed and Breakfasts perfectly. He said, "They tell you it's cozy. Really it's really more like staying with a great aunt you don't really know."

And that's why I like hotels.

Yes, I'm still obsessed with Slytherins--at least in this lj. I do manage to have conversations about other things in real life. [ profile] epicyclical and [ profile] wayfairer were having a conversation about how their symbolism is inconsistent and I have to agree. Specifically I've been realizing that part of what disturbs me so much is the way it seems like JKR not only has her "good" characters hate them but also, as an author, makes them earn that hatred at every turn. In some ways--and this isn't a direct parallel but it was helpful to me in understanding how I felt--it's like she portrays them a lot like anti-Semitic Jewish stereotypes but then hangs a swastika over them so we can convince ourselves we're right to despise them.

More on all that here... )


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